Accurately Preserving the Past for the Future

Evidence Based Research Project


Welcome to the official website for the Red Book of Scotland, a project dedicated to the piecing together of Scotland's genealogical heritage.

1987 was the year in which the first parts of what was to become the Red Book of Scotland project were brought together. From then until now research has been continual and has focused on searching through thousands of extant primary source records to accurately compile in-depth and comprehensive genealogical accounts of many of Scotland's principal families. Read More ->

Here are just a few of the comments we regularly receive:

The book was great for fact checking and ensuring we were telling the right story. The panels that are now in the North West tower don't go into enormous detail, but they do rest on solid ground - National Trust for Scotland.

I am writing on behalf of the Baillie Collection held by the Scottish History area here at the University of Glasgow. We would like to acquire a set of the the Red Books for staff and postgraduate researchers - University of Glasgow.

What a marvelous work, you are to be thoroughly congratulated.

Our lecturer says his department have been reviewing these volumes in the most positive terms

It is a monumental piece of work and I do congratulate you

I’m absolutely delighted to have a copy and cannot thank you enough! It is a true treasure trove for anyone interested in Scotland’s landed families, and based on (presumably) countless hours of painstaking research.

Hats off sir, your work continues to amaze.

Many enjoyable hours have been spent with the volumes.

Simply outstanding

I like the well-researched volumes very much.

A staggering body of work. There is no doubt the Red Book will become the "industry standard" for all genealogical inquiries.

Thanks to you and the Red Book, within half an hour I had located my Robertson and Stewart ancestors and had taken my family all the way back to the 12th century. 

I cannot begin to thank you for your time and expertise in putting a work like this together. What an achievement!

You've made a nice dent in my genealogy for me, and I thank you very much for that.

Thank you for all of your work, compiling the plethora of information; very much appreciated!
Firstly I must congratulate on your work - an outstanding feat of research.

Further Information

Not every account made it into the finished work and many are still in various stages of research. Rather than keep these out of reach for an indefinite period of time, we have decided to begin uploading them to the website in the hope that what information there is for each will be of some interest and use. Should you have something to add then please do get in touch.

Help us to do more

The Red Book Project is self-funding. If you find the information useful then please consider supporting us in some way.